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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 25, 2010 5:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: the question remains the same (WT)

I quote WT from the thread I linked above:

"I just had to post the above since it in some small way fit with the drivel I have posted here about the potential that in fact all the tapers, traders, even up to 05, in some significant way "aided" the whole development of the "enterprise" and to pull the SBDs, though their "right" was NOT the "right" economic decision (again, a big unknown, but...that's the point; we don't know)."

Hard to imagine tape-trading hurt album sales back in the day before they started releasing so many live shows. It certainly helped them do well on tour.

I wonder if pulling the SBDs and the boycott of GD the merchandise that occurred after that has really hurt them more than the loss in sales from people who don't feel the need to buy anything because everything is so available. If anything it put a dent in their reputation....

OK now I'm just talking to myself. Time to go finish the second to last paper of my undergrad degree.